In a country that is obsessed with a single sport, cricket, the achievements of those playing other games are often ignored. But apart from world class cricketers, India has produced some of the finest sportsmen and women in every sport, from hockey to tennis and wrestling.
These individuals deserve credit, not just for winning trophies and medals for the country, but for popularising sports, which are many times overshadowed by cricket. Here are the most famous Indian sportsmen and women you should know about. Let’s exploce The Most Famous Indian Sportspersons below.
The Most Famous Indian Sportspersons
Milkha Singh, also known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, is the most famous Indian sprinter and one of the first sporting icons of the country. Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. He won the top prize in the 400 metre competition in 1958.
Singh was separated from his family and orphaned during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. During his time, he had but little resources to support himself as a sportsman, which makes Singh’s achievements even more admirable. He is said to have become disillusioned with life and considered becoming a dacoit but joined the Indian Army instead and brought laurels for the country.
The most beloved sportsperson India has ever seen also goes by the name of ‘Little Master’. Although short in stature and soft spoken, on the cricket pitch, Sachin Tendulkar was a force to be reckoned with.
No other cricketer has held so many batting records as he has. Tendulkar has not only earned his fans’ adoration but also his colleagues’ respect. He stepped into the spotlight when he was just 16 years old and for millions of Indians, Tendulkar is not just a hero, he’s almost a messiah.
Virat Kohli, Cricket
Five years ago, even Sachin Tendulkar haters wouldn’t have bet that someone would break his record as the fastest batsman to score 10,000 one day international runs, a feat the legendary cricketer achieved in just 259 innings.
Then came Virat Kohli, who on Oct. 24, 2018, crushed his childhood hero’s record of 10,000 runs by 54 fewer innings. The solace for Tendulkar fans. The record stays within the Indian team, just as the Little Master hoped.
Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. In a country where women’s cricket has very few takers, Raj has shown a steadfast commitment to the game despite all odds. She is the highest run scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to get more than 6,000 runs in one day internationals.
Raj lead the Indian team to finals in the Women’s Cricket World Cup in England this year. Although they lost to the host country, Raj and her team’s performance made the nation stand up and take notice.
Viswanathan Anand, or Vishy, as he is known as, is not only India’s greatest chess player but he is also considered to be one of the very best in the world. He became India’s first chess grandmaster when he was barely 20 years old.
In an intensely fought battle, the five time World Champion lost his crown to Norwegian chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen, in 2013. Anand is the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India.
MS Dhoni, Cricket
The sweetest sports videos of 2018 include MS Dhoni and his adorable 4 year old daughter, Ziva, giving us all the feels. She didn’t disappoint on Captain Cool’s 37th birthday.
Among the images released from his intimate birthday celebration with teammates and family include a video of Ziva singing, “Happy birthday, daddy, you’re getting older,” which promptly became the most searched Dhoni video of the year. This is once of The Most Famous Indian Sportspersons.
Suresh Raina, Cricket
For as long as the Indian Premier League has existed, Suresh Raina has been called Mr. IPL. That’s because even when he’s in bad form the rest of the year, it’s almost a guarantee he will score big runs for the Chennai Super Kings when the IPL season comes around.
That’s exactly what he did April 28 against archrivals Mumbai Indians, smashing his 33rd IPL 50, scoring seven boundaries and four sixes in the process. Boom.